Paramount continues to mine their back catalog, and that’s a good thing.
Braveheart and Gladiator are two very different films, but share a common thread.
Freedom, personal as well as national.
In 4k, they appear quite different, with Braveheart appearing more film-like, presumably based upon the heavier load of digital work in Gladiator, which would have been at 2k.
With more production photography in Braveheart, we are allowed a more original appearing grain structure.
That noted, both look as they should. And for those with an need to compare to the original Gladiator Blu-ray, I advise that it isn’t worth one’s time to go there.
The point is that they both look like their final film versions, and are accurately represented.
Another big plus here, is the addition of height channels, DTS-X on Gladiator, and Dolby Atmos on Braveheart, which create far more impressive sound fields on both.
For those who do not yet have height channels, Braveheart is the obvious upgrade from standard Blu-ray, while Gladiator can wait until the system is in the house.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 – Gladiator (DTS-X)
Braveheart (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Gladiator – Yes
Braveheart – Absolutely!
Very Highly Recommended